Driscoll, Tchividjian and Grace

Posted: June 22, 2015 in Uncategorized

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It’s kinda embarrasing to read about pastors resigning because of moral failures. I can’t really speak on what happened to these men but rather be reminded that Satan is really on a double time to kill, steal and destroy (John 10:10). I wouldn’t deny that I followed these guys online. I think we need hard hitting speakers but yes, we have to watch our life and doctrine closely (1 Tim. 4:16).

Instead of joining the crowd in stoning preachers who fell, I think we, as individuals, should not go on a bashing spree, but rather, this is the time to step up as Christians. We should ask, how should we respond in light of these issues?

#1 Examine yourself.

So, if you think you are standing firm, be careful that you don’t fall! (1 Cor. 10:12) It’s easier to see the faults of others rather than our own. This is really the time to look at ourselves, see if our foundations are still where it should be. When we think we are immune to temptations, when we think we’re ok, that’s when we really would be so flat footed and fall.

#2 Watch and pray.

Be always on the watch, and pray that you may be able to escape all that is about to happen, and that you may be able to stand before the Son of Man.” (Luke 21:36) We always have to be on a lookout. We have to keep on praying. Instead of watching others fail, we have to continually check ourselves and keep on praying. How many of us would be praying instead of bashing?

#3 Do your job.

We are called to make disciples. In spite of what is happening, Matthew 28:18-20 is still in the Bible. We don’t stop making disciples because some pastors failed in some part of the world. We don’t stop breathing because someone dies, we look at death and move forward knowing our job isn’t finished yet.

John Piper said…God’s kingdom and his saving purposes in the world are never dependent on one man or one church or one denomination. God is God and his kingdom is coming and no one can stop it and his Word is not bound.

#4 Focus on Christ, not on pastors.

We live in a celebrity-crazed culture. In the world of social media, people follow pastors like actors and actresses (admittedly, I have the tendency to follow pastors too!) But instead of focusing on pastors, we should focus on Jesus, on his word.

As one of the youth leaders told me…

Do you know why we should spend time reading the Bible? Because Jesus IS THE WORD. (reflections on John 1)

That dawned on me as an “aha” moment. Yes, we should spend more time with Jesus than reading the blogs of pastors (mine included!)

So yeah…

Instead of bashing pastors, extend grace and follow Christ instead.

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